Collective narratives, false memories, and the origins of autobiographical memory

  title={Collective narratives, false memories, and the origins of autobiographical memory},
  author={Eva Jablonka},
  journal={Biology \& Philosophy},
  • E. Jablonka
  • Published 11 October 2017
  • Psychology
  • Biology & Philosophy
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